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What about next year?

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee held SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano) in committee on August 15, meaning the bill will not proceed to the floor for a vote or be adopted this year. The controversial bill would have regulated doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity. Because both co-authors are serving their final term in the state legislature this year, it will be back to the drawing board for statewide medical cannabis regulations in 2015. This is the third time that the legislature has failed to adopt regulations for the state's seventeen year-old medical cannabis industry.

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SB 1262 Goes to the Suspense File with an Uncertain Fate

Member Mike GattoUPDATE 08/14/2014 - The Assembly Appropriations Committee held SB 1262 in committee today, so it will not pass this year.

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee placed SB 1262 into the suspense file this morning. The suspense file is where the committee sends any bill with an annual cost of more than $150,000. Suspense file bills are considered at one hearing when the committee has a better sense of available revenue. The deadline for bills in the suspense file to be approved by the committee is August 15, but the last scheduled meeting of the Appropriations Committee is tomorrow.

Pictured: Assembly Appropriations Committee Chairman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank)

SB 1262 may be approved by the committee tomorrow. If so, it will go to the full Assembly for a vote. However, SB 1262 may not make it out of suspense this year for any number of reasons. If that happens, we will have to go back to the drawing board for statewide medical cannabis regulations in January. Both co-authors, Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), are term-limited. Neither will serve in the legislature next year, so someone else will have to author a regulatory bill in 2015.

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ASA Citizen Lobby Day Makes a Difference

ASA’s fourth citizen lobby day in California was a big success. Approximately 150 patients and other stakeholders attended, and they visited more than fifty legislative offices – plus a lot of impromptu visits initiated by attendees themselves. Participants asked lawmakers to support ASA’s proposed Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act and SB 1193 (Evans), the return of property bill. They also expressed a variety of opinions on the controversial SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano).

After the lobby day, a standing-room only crowd gathered to watch Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob, ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer, and me present term-limited Assembly Member Tom Ammiano with a certificate of appreciation for his years of work on behalf of medical cannabis patients. Assembly Member Bill Quirk, Senator Mark Leno, and staff members from several legislative offices joined us for the reception.

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One More Week...

  

Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: One more week...
  • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
  • Public Meetings & Events: CA Citizen Lobby Day & Sonoma Blossom Festival
  • Court Support: Westminster
  • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Peace for Patients
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

One more week... The CA Citizen Lobby Day is just one week away. We need to see a strong showing of support in the Capitol Building next Monday, August 4, to amplify all of the voices from the medical cannabis community at this crucial moment. Key committee votes may happen just days after our lobby day, and final votes on the floor of the Assembly will come soon after. Your lawmakers need to know that this issue matters to voters in their district. Will you be there to speak up?

Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4. Don’t wait any longer. I only have one more week to schedule appointments for you with your Assembly and Senate offices.

We will be hearing from Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), the co-author of SB 1262, on Monday morning. We will also be hearing from you. Participants will have a chance to talk to the group about the bills and complete a constituents’ survey about amendments and final positions on legislation. This matters because eleventh-hour amendments in the Assembly Appropriations Committee may have a dramatic effect on SB 1262, the controversial bill that seeks to better regulate doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. I know many patients and other stakeholders have opinions to share. Now is the time.

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Let’s talk tonight

I am having another live Google Hangout tonight to talk about medical cannabis bills and what is coming up next year. Join me at 7:00 PM tonight, July 24, at this web address:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c2k8gkm2n5mhnl1ha1s7oomd374

We will be talking about bills that deal with regulating doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity (SB 1262), the return of wrongfully-confiscated property (SB 1193), and equal access to health care for legal medical cannabis patients. A Google Hangout is an interactive event you can join from your computer or mobile device.

We need to talk tonight, because I need to see you in Sacramento in eleven days. Medical cannabis patients, cultivators, providers, and others are coming to Sacramento for ASA’s CA Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, August 4, to talk about bills that will affect our community for years to come. We expect important committee votes on medical cannabis bills within a few days of the lobby day – maybe that same week. We need to make a strong showing to amplify the voices of advocates at a strategic time in the legislative process.

Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, and I will make an appointment for you to meet with your representatives in the state Assembly and Senate.

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Take your seat at the table

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Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: Take your seat at the table
  • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
  • Public Meetings & Events: Live Google Hangout, State of the State Conference, & more
  • Court Support: Redding & Sacramento
  • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Return of Property
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County

We are expecting two hundred patients and other advocates in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, to talk to lawmakers about medical cannabis bills that will affect our community for years to come. Will you be there to take your seat at the table two weeks from today?

Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4.

I will make an appointment for you to meet with your California Assembly Member and Senator when you register. Do it today. Time is running out to make the appointments. ASA is requesting a $25 donation from participants to help defer the cost of the event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lobby day participants will be advocating for important amendments to current bills and laying the groundwork for patients’ rights legislation in 2015.

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Big news about the CA Citizen Lobby Day on August 4

I have some exciting news to share with you about ASA’s CA Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, August 4, in Sacramento, and I want to hear from you about legislation that will affect medical cannabis patients and others for years to come. Will you join me for a live Google Hangout online at 7:00 PM tonight? A Google Hangout is a free interactive event you can join from your computer or mobile device.

What:  Medical Cannabis in California – A Live Google Hangout

When:  7:00 PM (PDT) * Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Where:  Log on to https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/csadjb5qgj0qd3csdb2dq9r89uc

We have a lot to talk about! I am happy to report that two California lawmakers will be joining more than 200 ASA members and allies in Sacramento for what promises to be our biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet. Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) will be our special guest speaker on Monday morning, and Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) will be our guest of honor at a reception that evening. This will be a great chance to hear directly from the co-authors of SB 1262, a regulatory bill for doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity in California.

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State Regulations Moving Forward

Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: State Regulations Moving Forward
  • California & National News
  • Public Meetings & Events
  • Court Support
  • Take Action Now
  • ASA Website Spotlight: ASA Condition-based Booklets
  • ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  

Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has joined as a principal co-author to Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 1262. That bill will better regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity in California. The bill has been substantially amended since it passed the California Senate by a vote of 31-0 in May.  ASA and other advocates have managed to get most of the objectionable provisions in early drafts removed, and the bill now includes large portions on Assembly Member Ammiano’s AB 1894. Assembly Member Ammiano is our biggest champion in the legislature, but AB 1894 was defeated in the Assembly earlier this year.

I know many of you were surprised to see ASA supporting a bill originally authored by a moderate Democrat from Orange County and sponsored by lobbyists representing cities and law enforcement. Those are not our traditional allies, but early on, ASA recognized the value of a compromise bill that might finally get through the legislature and be signed by the Governor. That is why we decided to get behind SB 1262 and make it the best bill possible. That strategy is working.

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Big news in California

CA State Capitol BuildingI hope you have all heard the big news from Washington, DC, last week. The US House of Representatives voted to end funding for federal medical cannabis enforcement in states where it is legal. This is a major victory for medical cannabis patients and providers! Read more about the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment and what comes next in a blog by ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and in the “News” Section of the website.

You may not have seen another big story from right here in California. On Thursday, the same day as that momentous vote in Congress, the California Assembly rejected a bill by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) that would have empowered the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to write and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity statewide. AB 1894 lost by a vote of 26 to 33, with 20 lawmakers not voting (corrected 06/02/2014). The bill needed 41 votes to pass the Assembly and advance to the Senate.

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ASA California Roundup: May 12, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Don’t regulate medical marijuana like alcohol

California News

  • Congress Says “No” To VA Doctors’ Abilities To Recommend Pot To Vets (National)
  • Law enforcement, cannabis industry support Evans’ drug storage bill (California)
  • California's Police Fear Weed Anarchy More Than Weed Itself (California)
  • Marijuana May Heal Health Problems That Come With Old Age: How Can People Living in Senior Homes Get It? (California)
  • Marijuana dispensary burglary suspect arrested (Lakeside)
  • Our Voice: DHS to go slowly on medical marijuana (Desert Hot Springs)
  • SLO City Council says no to ban on outdoor medical marijuana grows (San Luis Obispo)
  • We applaud SLO City Council's sane approach to medical marijuana (San Luis Obispo)
  • Marijuana initiative backers turn in petitions (Riverside)
  • Healdsburg approves outdoor cultivation of 3 marijuana plants (Healdsburg)
  • Initiative filed to stop pot growing regulation by Butte County (Butte County)
  • Only On CBS2: Parents Give Daughter, 11, Medical Marijuana To Help Stem Uncontrollable Seizures (Los Angeles)
  • Oceanside planning commission approves zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries (Ocenaside)

Events

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Dr. David Bearman at the Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – San Jose City Council Meeting (San Jose)
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

Court Support

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Court Support for Dr. Michele Noonan Ross & Todd Ross (Los Angeles)

Take Action

  • Support SB 1193 in California
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Using Your Voice

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 –Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
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